Droichead Arts Centre are delighted to announce Rodney Thornton as our First Solo recipient for 2022. Our First Solo Award offers support and funding at a key point in the careers of professional visual artists in the North East region who have yet to present a solo show. Previous recipients include Olga Duka in 2021, Sean McGuill in 2019, and Eimear Murphy in 2018.
Thornton lives and works in Drogheda. His drawings and paintings explore his and our surroundings and investigate the liminal spaces where urban meets suburban meets rural. The artist focuses on drawing from life and en plein air painting; recording and affording significance to the everyday, really looking at and exploring where he lives; the bridges, street corners of Drogheda, the estate at the edge of town, derelict farms, empty shipping containers, patchy development and abandoned spaces of the periphery, overlooked and forgotten places. His work moves from the urban to the suburban to the rural giving a sense of walking and exploring frequently but thoughtfully, observing one typology morphing into the other.
This exhibition brings together a range of Thornton’s work from the last 4 years; showing some of his many sketchbooks, larger charcoals, water colours and his oil paintings on paper and canvas.